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Holy Shit - ANOTHER One?

Okay, you already know about the Spielberg and Cruise film. If you've been reading this site and the IMAGinewS postings, you know about the Pendragon Pictures effort (which seems to have gone straight to DVD now) and the Jeff Wayne CGI picture due in a few years.

But - and you're not going to believe this, I didn't - there is actually yet ANOTHER film based on H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds, produced by Asylum Entertainment. Like Spielberg's effort, it's a modern re-telling, but it stars C. Thomas Howell (Gettysburg) and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers), and according to its website it went direct to DVD a day before Spielberg's pic opened in theatres. (The credit summary at the end of the trailer shows it as having the name "Invasion", so maybe that's how they got it in under the radar.)

Based on the trailer, we're back with Martians landing in cylinders (well, pods) instead of buried machines and lightning strikes, and the CGI SFX look a touch better than Pendragon's. The walkers look more like crabs, though, and have six legs instead of three.

I'd be tempted to watch/buy it, mainly because I like those two leads. The poster/DVD cover looks very Independence Day, though, which doesn't exactly bode well.

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Hi. I'd love to flex my brain with your Virtual Lexicion game. In fact, I have about a dozen pages of sketchy notes I'd like to expand.

So... count me in. :)